Teachers say low pay ends careers in Arizona, leaves some at crossroads

Teachers say low pay ends careers in Arizona, leaves some at crossroads

By: Katie Campbell December 4, 2017, 4:10 am

Arizona teachers have not been quiet about their reasons for abandoning the profession and even the state: high stress, low morale and low pay. Yet the state’s response has not been enough to end the ongoing crisis, a new report from a Washington D.C.-based think tank concludes.

AFT-AZ Is Fighting for Educators and Students at the Legislative Level

The Arizona Federation of Teachers is dedicated to putting in place EFFECTIVE RESEARCHED-BASED alternative to suspension measures at all levels of a child's education. The school-to-prison pipeline is spreading throughout the urban environment and there are far too many inexperienced teachers and administrators unwilling or unable to effectively intervene in a student's life before it is too late.

Classroom Crisis

  • Arizona ranks dead last in the nation for teacher pay. (Source: Arizona Republic)
  • Our state ranks 48th for public school funding and in student achievement outcomes. (Source: KTAR)
  • Low teacher pay remains central to the teacher recruitment and retention crisis. (Source: Arizona Education News) Teachers are leaving the state for better opportunities elsewhere. (Source: 12 News Phoenix)
  • Vouchers pull millions from our already underfunded public schools, worsening the classroom crisis. (Source: Arizona Republic)

source: http://saveourschoolsarizona.org/pages/6